GOMTV Global Starcraft II Team League

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The GOMTV Global Starcraft II Team League (or GSTL for short) is a large team tournament-based league held on location in South Korea and plans to hold multiple events each year. Starting in February 2011, the league is build upon the existing GSL Code S and Code A structure.

Overview[edit]

Format[edit]

The GSTL began as an single-elimination tournament among 8 of the top Korean StarCraft II teams. The teams competed for 15,000,000 KRW (about $13,000 USD). Teams were chosen based on the number of players they had in code S and code A of the current season of the GSL. Code S players were worth 1.6 points each while code A players were worth 1 point each. The 8 teams with the highest scores were invited to participate. The first GSTL took place in February 2011 and was won by Incredible Miracle, with two more being held in March and in May of that year, both won by SlayerS.

Due to the popularity of the first three GSTL tournaments, GOMTV decided to expand the format to a regular season followed by a playoff tournament. The number of teams invited was increased to 12, divided into two pools. Each team plays each of the other 5 teams in its pool over the course of the 10 week season. The top 3 teams in each pool advance to the playoffs to decide the GSTL winner.[1] Season 1 of the new format began June 23, 2011. The expanded number of teams allowed all the major Korean pro teams to take part, as well as the foreign division of FXOpen and F.United (a partnership of WeMade FOX and number of foreign players who had been invited to compete in GSL code A).

Matches are a best of 7, All-Kill Format. Each team chooses a starting player in advance to compete in the opening game. When a player loses a game they are eliminated and the team chooses a new player to represent them next. The winner continues on to the next game. The fourth and final player chosen by a team is often referred to as the "ace", since the team's survival rests on their shoulders. The playoff matches in season 1 are best of 9 but otherwise following the same format.

GSTL Events[edit]

Teamleague Date Winner Runner-Ups Score TL Articles
2011 Global StarCraft II Team League February 2011 (2011-02-07 – 2011-02-10) IMlogo std.png IM Startalelogo std.png StarTale 5-4 R&S
2011 Global StarCraft II Team League March 2011 (2011-03-21 – 2011-03-24) SlayerSlogo std.png SlayerS IMlogo std.png IM 5-4 TLPD
2011 Global StarCraft II Team League May 2011 (2011-05-16 – 2011-05-19) SlayerSlogo std.png SlayerS MVPlogo std.png MVP 5-4 TLPD
2011 Global StarCraft II Team League Season 1 2011 (2011-06-23 – 2011-10-07) MVPlogo std.png MVP Primelogo std.png Prime 5-3 TLPD
2012 Global StarCraft II Team League Season 1 2012 (2012-01-27 – 2012-04-07) Primelogo std.png Prime StarTaleQlogo std.png StarTaleQ 5-2 TLPD
2012 Global StarCraft II Team League Season 2 2012 (2012-05-28 – 2012-07-28) FXOlogo std.png FXO SlayerS-EG.std.png SlayerS-EG 5-0 TLPD
2012 Global StarCraft II Team League Season 3 2012 (2012-09-07 – 2012-12-08) FXOlogo std.png FXO MVPlogo std.png MVP 5-3 TLPD
2013 Global StarCraft II Team League Preseason 2013 (2013-02-16 – 2013-02-25) IMlogo std.png IM Azubulogo std.png AZUBU 4-2
2013 Global StarCraft II Team League Season 1 2013 (2013-03-22 – 2013-07-20) IMlogo std.png IM MVPlogo std.png MVP 5-3 TLPD
2013 Global StarCraft II Team League Season 2 2013 (2013-09-03 – 2013-11-29) Axiomacerlogo std.png AxA Azubulogo std.png AZUBU 2-1 (1-4,4-3,1-0) TLPD

Teams[edit]

Team GSTL 1 GSTL 2 GSTL 3 2011 S1 2012 S1 2012 S2 2012 S3 2013 PS 2013 S1 2013 S2
Startalelogo std.png StarTale B2nd A4Ro4 A8Ro8 A6Ro6 B2nd A8Ro8 A4Ro4 A8Ro8 A55th A33rd
Azubulogo std.png AZUBU Y- Y- Y- Y- Y- Y- Y- B2nd A44th A22nd
Axiomacerlogo std.png Axiom-Acer Y- Y- Y- Y- Y- Y- Y- A8Ro8 A33rd A11st
Active Former Participants
Liquidlogo std.png Liquid Y- Y- Y- Y- Y- B2Ro12 Y- Y- Y- Y-
Fnaticlogo std.png Fnatic Y- Y- Y- Y- Y- A8Ro8 A8Ro8 Y- Y- Y-
IMlogo std.png IM A1st B2nd KNQ A6Ro6 A8Ro8 B2Ro12 A8Ro8 A1st A1st Y-
MVPlogo std.png MVP Y- WNQ B2nd A1st A4Ro4 A4Ro4 A22nd A8Ro8 B2nd Y-
Primelogo std.png Prime A8Ro8 A8Ro8 A8Ro8 B2nd A1st A8Ro8 A8Ro8 A8Ro8 A8Ro8 Y-
Disbanded/Merged & Other Teams
FUnitedlogo std.png F.United Y- Y- Y- B2Ro12 Y- Y- Y- Y- Y- Y-
OGslogo std.png oGs A8Ro8 A8Ro8 A4Ro4 B2Ro12 A6Ro6 Y- Y- Y- Y- Y-
ZeNEXlogo std.png ZeNEX A4Ro4 A8Ro8 A8Ro8 B2Ro12 B0Ro10 B2Ro12 Y- Y- Y- Y-
SlayerSlogo std.png SlayerS A8Ro8 A1st A1st B2Ro12 A8Ro8 B2nd A8Ro8 Y- Y- Y-
TSLlogo std.png TSL A4Ro4 A4Ro4 A8Ro8 A4Ro4 B0Ro10 A4Ro4 A4Ro4 Y- Y- Y-
HoSeologo std.png NSH Y- Y- WNQ A4Ro4 A6Ro6 A8Ro8 B0Ro10 A4Ro4 A8Ro8 Y-
FXOlogo std.png FXO Y- Y- Y- B2Ro12 A4Ro4 A11st A11st A4Ro4 A8Ro8 Y-
Soul std.png SouL Y- Y- Y- Y- Y- Y- Y- Y- Y- A55th
FOulogo std.png fOu A8Ro8 A8Ro8 A4Ro4 B2Ro12 Y- Y- Y- Y- Y- A44th

- = Did not participate; NYP = Qualified for GSTL but Not Yet Played; NQ = Did Not Qualify; ? = Unknown;
RoX: (Round of X) Green background = Yet to be played, Blue background = Made it to that round but lost the match there; 1st and 2nd = First and second place respectively;

Coverage[edit]

To watch GSTL on GOMtv.net you can either watch the live casts for free or pay for their premium service. The free stream is LQ (288p) and you need to log in to the site and download the GOM-player to watch it. Only the first game of a series is available as free to watch VODs.

The premium service gives you access to all VODs and the option to watch in HQ (360p) or HD (720p). Also you get access to the HQ stream. To get the premium service you can purchase a season ticket to be able to retrospectively view any of the VODs from that tournament. The price for a season ticket is 5.00 USD (for older seasons and return customers there are discounts.) You can also purchase a 1 day Live ticket to get access to the HQ stream for just one day, that costs 1.95 USD. There's even an iPhone stream but this requires the purchase of tickets to watch. You can find more info at GOMtv.net.

English streams are commentated by Wolf "Wolf" Schröder and Thomas "Khaldor" Kilian. Korean to English Translation by John "Junkka" Park and "Jay".

Trivia[edit]

Medals won per Team[edit]

Gold[edit]

Gold.pngGold.png SlayerSlogo std.png SlayerS  -  FXOlogo std.png FXOpen e-Sports  -  IMlogo std.png Incredible Miracle
Gold.png MVPlogo std.png MVP  -  Primelogo std.png Prime  -  Axiomacerlogo std.png Axiom-Acer

Silver[edit]

Silver.pngSilver.pngSilver.png MVPlogo std.png MVP
Silver.pngSilver.png Startalelogo std.png StarTale
Silver.png IMlogo std.png Incredible Miracle  -  Primelogo std.png Prime  -  SlayerSlogo std.png SlayerS  -  Azubulogo std.png AZUBU

Semifinals[edit]

SF.pngSF.pngSF.pngSF.pngSF.png TSLlogo std.png Team SCV Life
SF.pngSF.png MVPlogo std.png MVP  -  Startalelogo std.png StarTale
SF.png ZeNEXlogo std.png ZeNEX  -  FOulogo std.png For Our Utopia  -  OGslogo std.png Old Generations  -  HoSeologo std.png New Star HoSeo  -  FXOlogo std.png FXOpen e-Sports  -  Axiomacerlogo std.png Axiom-Acer  -  Azubulogo std.png AZUBU

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